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shelter tent

a small, two-person, military tent consisting of two halves (shelter halves) buttoned or tied together, held up by accessory ropes and poles.
Also called pup tent.
Origin of shelter tent
1860-65, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Nothing was left standing but the mud walls from which the shelter-tent roofs had been stripped, and an occasional chimney.

  • The tent question we will discuss elsewhere; but you can hardly do with less than a piece of shelter-tent.

    How to Camp Out John M. Gould
  • The tents d'abri, or shelter-tent, carried by the soldier himself, is all-sufficient.

  • You can, however, cut a few poles for rafters, and throw the shelter-tent instead of the bark or brush over the poles.

    How to Camp Out John M. Gould
  • The shelter-tent used by the Union soldiers during the Rebellion was made of light duck about 31-1/2 inches wide.

    How to Camp Out John M. Gould
  • If the party is of four, or even five, a shelter-tent made of three breadths of heavy drilling will accommodate all.

    How to Camp Out John M. Gould
  • The gable ends were closed with pieces of shelter-tent, boards, or some substitute.

    In The Ranks R. E. McBride
  • If a few brass eyes are run along the edges, and in the corners, then it can be stretched for a shelter-tent, too.

    Pluck on the Long Trail Edwin L. Sabin
  • This can be done in ten minutes, and makes a shelter-tent that will turn a heavy rain for hours.

    Woodcraft and Camping George Washington Sears (Nessmuk)
  • When I lay down in a shelter-tent, rolling from side to side, I remembered that this was the Sabbath day.

    Campaigns of a Non-Combatant, George Alfred Townsend
British Dictionary definitions for shelter-tent

shelter tent

(US) a military tent for two men
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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